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AP-US-2020-CENSUS-DETROIT

Report: the 2020 census may have missed thousands in Detroit

Researchers hired by the city say the Census Bureau underestimated more than 8% of occupied dwellings in 10 Detroit neighborhoods in the 2020 census. They said Thursday that if that surveillance rate were applied across the country. city, it could mean tens of thousands of Motor City residents were missed. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has said Detroit will take legal action against the census results if they are not changed during an appeal process. The 2020 census showed Detroit with 639,000 residents, while 2019 estimates place the city’s population at 670,000. University of Michigan researcher Jeffrey Morenoff says such a drop is implausible. The statistical agency says it is working on a response to the city’s allegations.

VIOLENT WEATHER-MICHIGAN

The wild winds cut the current, tear off the roof of the school; dozens of dead cows

SAND LAKE, Mich. (AP) – High winds cut power to more than 150,000 customers in Michigan. A school in Muskegon County lost its roof and dozens of cows died Thursday on a dairy farm. Tim Butler was moved when he described how his workers survived after a utility pole landed on the Newaygo County trading barn. Butler says “it’s a miracle” his workers escaped. Wind gusts exceeded 60 mph in western and northern Michigan. The roof of Edgewood Elementary School was torn to pieces, but no students were present at the time. Consumers Energy reports power outages in its western and northern serving territory. High schools on the Upper Peninsula have canceled some basketball games as the rain turned to blowing snow.

DETROIT SCHOOLS VIRUS OUTBREAK

Detroit public schools require vaccines for staff by February 18

DETROIT (AP) – All teachers and staff in the Detroit Public School Community District are to be fully immunized by February 18. The district school board approved the new term on Thursday. District officials say the new mandate will affect a small percentage of staff who have not been vaccinated. Staff can get medical and religious exemptions, but they must regularly test and wear a face covering. In a December 14 meeting when the school board first reviewed the new policy, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said 150 positive cases in unvaccinated people forced 483 students and 99 staff to quarantine this school year.

SCHOOLS-THREATS OF VIOLENCE

Schools step up security in response to threats on TikTok

Educators announced plans to step up security in response to TikTok messages warning of the shootings and bomb threats in schools across the country on Friday, as officials assured parents the viral messages were not considered credible. Messages circulating online warned that several schools would receive bombings and threats. The threats got many educators on edge, as they circulated in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Michigan, which was followed by imitation threats against schools across the country. TikTok said it was working with law enforcement to investigate. The posts follow a disturbing trend that has prompted students to respond in response to social media challenges.

AP-US-DANGEROUS-PIPELINES

US demands higher safety standards for more pipelines

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – New federal regulations require higher safety standards for pipelines transporting oil and other hazardous liquids through sensitive areas. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration released the rule on Thursday. It designates the Great Lakes region, coastal marine waters and beaches as “high impact” areas that could be seriously damaged by spills. Operators must include these zones in programs that monitor the integrity of the pipeline. The agency estimates that an additional 2,905 miles (4,675 kilometers) of hazardous liquids pipelines will be covered, primarily along the Gulf of Mexico.

AP-US-NATIONAL-POPULAIRE-VOTE-MICHIGAN

Michigan group delays bid for popular national winner

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A group has abandoned plans to circulate petitions for a 2022 ballot campaign to award Michigan electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote if enough other states join to the pact. Organizers will instead target the 2024 poll. The initiative, which was launched in September, has drawn criticism from Republican lawmakers and the state‘s GOP. The move would be successful when member states total at least 270 electoral votes – the minimum threshold to hold the presidency. The number now stands at 195. Twice this century the loser of the popular vote has become president.

ELECTION 2020-GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN

Pro-Whitmer Group Launches Ads Promoting $ 400 Insurance Reimbursement

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Democratic group allied with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is running ads during bowl season touting pending insurance reimbursements of $ 400 per vehicle for Michigan drivers. The foray is Democrats on television’s first gubernatorial race, 11 months before she was re-elected in what could be a difficult mid-term climate. Whitmer, who signed legislation to cut auto insurance rates, is featured in the ad backed by an affiliate of the Democratic Governors Association. Whitmer says people can agree to support Utah in beating the state of Ohio and that they deserve a break after “years of auto insurance overpayments.”

AP-CB-HAITI-US-HOSTAGES

All American missionaries freed in Haiti, police say

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – The remaining members of a United States-based missionary group who were kidnapped two months ago have been released. This is according to the group and the Haitian police. Haiti’s national police spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the remaining hostages had been released, but did not immediately provide further details. Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries released a statement saying the remaining 12 hostages “are FREE!” The missionaries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on October 16. There are five children in the group of 16 US citizens and one Canadian, including an 8 month old. Their Haitian driver was also kidnapped.

UNPILOT AIRPLANES FOUND

Bones identified as those of U of M student whose plane crashed

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) – Authorities say the human bones found in central Michigan are those of a pilot who apparently jumped from his plane in midair. The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that the bones found on September 9, 2018 in Chapin County had been identified as those of 27-year-old Xin Rong. Rong was a University of Michigan doctoral student who disappeared while piloting a rented Cessna in March 2017. The plane had left Ann Arbor and was heading for northern Michigan. The plane apparently ran out of fuel and crashed in a wooded area near Marathon, Ontario, north of the Upper Peninsula.

STATE-SALARY EMPLOYEES

State employees will get a 5% increase; June 15 is a paid public holiday

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Employees who work for the state government will receive a 5% raise next October under new employment contracts. The Michigan Civil Service Commission this week approved the three-year collective agreements. Non-union workers will also receive the 5% wage increase. In October 2023, unionized employees will see a 2% increase. The state and unions will negotiate 2024 wages later. The panel also agreed to make Juneteenth a paid public holiday and to grant eight hours of paid leave to workers to attend the funeral of a relative, spouse, brother or child.